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Old 07-15-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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Kitchen grout problems

We had a new tile floor put in our kitchen at the end of April. We have had to have some of the grout repaired in different spots about four times and have new spots to repair again. We have made sure no one has walked on these spots for at least 24hrs after repair. We were out of town when the tile was originally installed so it could dry without any problems. Why are we having so much trouble? We thought tile would have less problems than hardwoods.

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Old 07-15-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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If too much water was added to the grout, it can seriously effect its strength.

The tile worker will use a sponge to clean grout off of the tile and if the sponge is too wet, water runs down onto the fresh grout.

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Old 07-15-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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I bet that could be the problem. They said the consistency of the grout should be like pancake batter, but I read it should be the consistency of mayonnaise. Maybe too many air bubbles? Thank you for your input!
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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The grout should have as little water as possible to make it workable. I'd aim for the consistency of peanut butter. With any cement-based product, more water equals less strength.

Even if your grout if properly mixed when it goes in, a lot of people really saturate it with a lot of water when sponging it off to form the joints and remove the excess grout and haze. Really wring that sponge out to avoid getting lots of water in the uncured grout joints.

Also, don't use a fan in the room to dry the grout faster. Like concrete, it needs to cure, not have the water evaporated out of it.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:10 PM   #5
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What exactly is the grout doing when it fails?
Is this a concrete or wood floor structure?
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